Can I receive the Lord's Supper?
In the Lord's Supper, we receive the Lord's true body and blood. As Lutherans, we believe that Christ's body and blood is really present in, with and under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins. The Bible gives us specific instructions regarding the Lord's Supper. 1 Corinthians 11:26 says, "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." Since we are proclaiming something as serious as our Lord's death, we do not take the Lord's Supper lightly. So honesty compels us to ask, "Are we proclaiming the same thing together? How can we know?" As human beings, we are unable to read hearts (1 Samuel 16:7), only God can read the heart.
Since we are making such a strong proclamation in the Lord's Supper, we do not want to put you in a position to make this public confession by communing with us if you do not know what we teach. Therefore, if you are not a member of a church directly affiliated with Cross of Christ such as Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)
or Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS)
, we ask you to respect the Bible's and therefore our teaching of "close communion" and allow us an opportunity to teach you what we believe before you commune with us.
If you are interested in receiving the Lord's Supper please talk with the Pastor before service.
We hope for the privilege to be able to share God's Word with you and one day make this beautiful public proclamation together.